Judy Berlin


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It isn't often that lives of quiet desperation are served up with such pearly restraint.
  2. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Some movies are too good to miss. Judy Berlin is one of them...It works like magic.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Tightly constructed and controlled.
  4. 90
    An almost perfectly realized poetic vision of people who continue in their everyday existence certain that life in a larger sense has passed them by.
  5. 90
    Where "American Beauty" was smug and obvious in its dissection of suburban life, Judy Berlin is hilarious, heartbreaking and -- in its graciousness -- unlike any American film we've seen in a long time.
  6. A comedy of the most delicately balanced perfection.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Petrakis
    Beautiful little film.
  8. 85
    Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
  9. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    Etched with sensitivity and wit, above all with an unpatronizing compassion for ordinary people going about their business on an extraordinary day.
  10. Philosophy imbues this inescapably self-reflexive movie with a rare compassion.
  11. Something to get excited about.
  12. 80
    Unlikely to draw the audience it deserves, but those who do see it will have a hard time shaking its gentle, ghostly echoes.
  13. 78
    A gorgeously crafted love poem.
  14. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Laced with magic-realist bittersweetness.
  15. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Possesses moments of fleeting grace, pathos and beauty, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
  16. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Broadway-sized performances.
  17. Its leisurely pace and surreal poetry won't break box-office records, but will surely serve to introduce Mendelsohn as a major new talent.
  18. With skill and also with love, writer-director Eric Mendelsohn creates a delicate and airy mood, a kind of cinematic haiku.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Numerous lovely, quirky moments.
  20. 70
    A gentle, offbeat drama that hails the arrival of a new talent in writer-director Eric Mendelsohn, and bids a poignant farewell to a uniquely gifted actress, the late Madeline Kahn.
  21. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    Gorgeous, mesmerizing, and stunningly well acted.
  22. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Boasts several fine performances and some elegant, eerie black-and- white photography.

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